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Coronavirus shuts down local events

Mar 16, 2020

In the wake of news about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to Maine, numerous local institutions including schools, libraries and town offices have announced closures and cancellations. Almost all public events have been postponed indefinitely.

It has been a struggle to keep up with the tide of cancellation announcements and this may not be a comprehensive list. Be sure to check websites for events you are interested in and contact us with additions. See separate stories for items including public schools and courts.

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce canceled and will reschedule the 27th annual Business & Community Expo, originally set for April 1, at the Samoset Resort.

This annual event normally fills more than 120 exhibit booths and attracts more than 700 people.

TOWN OFFICES, MUNICIPAL MEETINGS

Rockland City Council meetings have been canceled for the next two weeks.

Union Town Office will be closed for at least two weeks. Board of Selectmen meetings will still be held, but residents are encouraged to email members of the board or send one representative and stream the meetings through platforms such as Facebook Live.

The town of St. George is closing town offices to the public. All committee meetings will be conducted via Zoom video and teleconferencing, with details to be shared before each meeting.

Starting Tuesday, March 17 all non-uniformed, Thomaston Town Office employees will work in closed office areas. The Town Office, Code Enforcement, Assessing and Recreation offices will all be closed to all non-office staff, visitors and customers until further notice.

Hope Town Office will be closed until April 1, 2020. All Hope Committee meetings have also been canceled until further notice.

Most town business may be conducted online. You may also conduct business via phone or email during regular business hours.

All planned meetings for Waldoboro are postponed or canceled. Select Board and Planning Board meetings will occur as necessary. Resident can email members of both boards with questions or concerns they want brought before the boards. All meetings are recorded and will be available on YouTube the next day.

The town office at Owls Head will be closed thru April 02, 2020. At that time they will reevaluate the situation concerning the COVID-19 virus. Please use the mail or the deposit box by the front door for any payments or questions you may have. Someone from the office will collect this information and return your call. Please supply your phone number.

South Thomaston Town Office is closed to the public. Individuals with non-essential business that can be postponed are asked to do so. The office staff will do their best to conduct all essential business by phone, through the mail, or by email. If business absolutely cannot wait, staff have the ability to facilitate simple transactions through the exterior window next to the front entrance. Staff are working to increase online capabilities and will notify the public when vehicles and boats can be registered electronically.

SCHOOLS

The St. George MSU district is closed school March 17 to 27, and is operating remote school days during that time.

LIBRARIES

Rockland Public Library has canceled all library-sponsored programs, and group meetings, until the end of March. The library is closed until further notice.

The Friends of the Rockland Public Library Book and Bag Sale, scheduled for March 28, has been canceled.

Cushing Public Library will close for an indefinite period of time, until further notice.

There will be no programs at the Hope Library at least through the end of April.

The Camden Public Library will temporarily close, beginning Tuesday, March 17. At this time, the library plans to resume normal operations on Wednesday, April 1 and will keep the public informed as the situation develops.

The Waldoboro Public Library will be closed through April 4.

South Thomaston Library is closed until further notice.

Rockport Public Library is closed to the public due to health concerns over the coronavirus. Patrons are asked to hold on to any items currently checked out until the library reopens.

MISCELLANEOUS

All Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices are closed.

Maine Water offices are closed to visitors.

All local Social Security offices are closed to the public for in-person service.

Camden National Bank will be offering drive-up only service at the majority of its banking center locations, with in-person visits by appointment only at those locations. For locations without a drive-up window, the bank will be limiting the number of customers inside at any given time.

Coastal Senior College has canceled spring courses, and the Brown Bag Lunch series at the Thomaston Library.

All Coastal Mountains Land Trust community events, programs and group volunteer work parties will be canceled through April 15.

Merryspring Nature Center will postpone the Tuesday Talk lecture series for the next 30 days and resume Tuesday, April 14. The center will remain open to the public daily.

Midcoast Community Chorus suspends all upcoming rehearsals and performances for this semester.

South Thomaston Stump Dump will be open during normal business hours. Residents are asked to care for their own debris and the attendant has been instructed to keep a safe distance from patrons. The town will have a process posted on the website Wednesday for contractors to purchase vouchers: www.souththomaston.me.

Rockland Elks No.1008 is closing the Lodge and Events Center until April 1.

The Strand Theatre will temporarily close in response to recommendations set by the state due to the spread of COVID-19.

Registration for the Kids Can Grow program at Erickson Fields Preserve has been postponed until further notice.

CHURCH EVENTS

First Congregational Church of Camden cancelled the last two Soup Lunches dated March 18 and March 25.

SPORTS

The MPA Board of Directors and Interscholastic Management Committee will delay the start of the 2020 spring sports pre-season practice until April 27.

Pen Bay YMCA’s April free adult swimming lessons will be postponed.

See sports section for additional cancellations.

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